After 12 weeks of using the bodybugg, I've achieved my goal weight. If someone had told me that I would have been able to lose almost a pound a week without starving myself or working out for 2 hours a day, I would have told them that they just didn't know my body. My body is different. It's very efficient & doesn't like to give up it's calories & fat. It's impossible for me. I know this because I've tried.

I guess I really don't know this because after using the bodybugg, it proved that I'm wrong. I competed in a bodybuilding contest about 3 years ago. I competed in the figure division, which the judging favors the athletic female form rather than the overly muscled women that you think of when you think of women's bodybuilding. When competing in bodybuilding, the competitor must get his/her body fat down to very low levels. In straight bodybuilding, body fat needs to be around 3%, in figure or fitness, close to 8%. Although each person has her own set point at which her body functions well – ranging from 12% – 30%, a healthy body fat for a woman is around 20%.

During my competition, my body fat was probably around 9%. In order to get to that level, I strength trained for an hour a day 6 days a week & performed cardio twice daily for about 1.5 hours total. My calorie intake had slowly dwindled to roughly 1350 calories daily. After the competition, I wasn't exercising as much as before, and I pretty much allowed myself to eat freely. As a result, I quickly regained weight.

Over the past 3 years I've tried to take it off. My diet is very clean; I don't eat processed foods, I drink alcohol only once a week, and I rarely eat at restaurants. I exercise daily & my job is active.

So what was the problem? Honestly, I still don't know. However, I do know that now that I have the bodybugg, it's no longer an issue. I now know how many calories I'm burning, and I know how many calories I'm eating. As long as those two numbers are in balance, I'm good.

My next phase in my bodybugg adventure is to maintain my weight for just a little bit; I need to taper my running and slowly increase my calories until my body is used to maintenance energy output.

Once I feel comfortable maintaining, I will start to focus on building some more muscle. I'm so excited that I have the bodybugg so that I can easily accomplish my goals.

Copyright Elizabeth Sherman. Purchase a Bodybugg through Elizabeth Sherman.